Featured Alumni

LT’18 Community Project: Gender Equity 

LT’18 Community Project: Gender Equity 

As part of the curriculum, LT participants apply their leadership skills through community projects. This is one example of a LT’18 community project.  

Our team explored women’s leadership in fields typically dominated by men, interviewing seven powerful women leaders – leaders who broke barriers, impacted national policy, and had a hand in building some of the most recognizable companies throughout the Pacific Northwest. Interviewees included Constance von Muhlen, COO of Horizon Air; Sally Jewell, former United States Secretary of the Interior; and Paula Boggs, front woman for the Paula Boggs Band and retired General Counsel for Starbucks. 

Read the full story to see which themes emerged from their conversations and how these LT alums have been inspired to take action.

LT Alumni Launch Scholarship Fund, Make Dreams Come True

LT Alumni Launch Scholarship Fund, Make Dreams Come True

In 2016, South Shore PreK-8’s celebration of National African-American Parent Involvement Day (NAAPID) inspired more than 250 Black men to welcome students to school with enthusiastic high fives. The media coverage of this community event led a Detroit-based organization to pledge $100,000 in scholarship dollars to ten Black male seniors graduating from high schools in the Seattle area. Sadly, the organization did not fulfill that promise, affecting the educational futures of the young men who absolutely needed that assistance to make college a reality.

Seeing the negative impact of that broken promise, we created the MoHundred Scholarship Fund to fill the gap.

Read the full story to see how three LT alumni are rallying the local community to help make these students’ college dreams come true.

Alumni Spotlight: Jillian Kosic, LT’13

Alumni Spotlight: Jillian Kosic, LT’13

I had been interested in joining a non-profit board for a few years, as a way to get more involved in the nonprofit sector and give back through my expertise in marketing. I was also interested in diversifying my peer group to gain a different perspective on civic leadership, business, and life.

Check out the rest of the story to see how Jillian was able to find the perfect nonprofit board on which to serve.

Alumni Spotlight: Janice Zahn, LT'17

Alumni Spotlight: Janice Zahn, LT'17

Although I had many years of experience working for a public agency (Port of Seattle), volunteering in my community, and a Master’s in Public Policy from the UW Evan’s School, it was my time in LT engaging and learning with my inspiring cohort of leaders that propelled me to run for Bellevue City Council. 

My classmates’ passion to make our community better was palpable and infectious... just what I needed to light the fire in my belly after the 2016 election. I saw the possibility for me, as an immigrant from Hong Kong, to use my talents in public office and be a bridge builder who works with others to solve challenging problems locally. As the only woman of color on council, in a majority minority city, I bring a new voice and perspective that I believe complements our other council members. My time at LT gave me insights on how to respectfully engage while checking my own biases in decision-making as an elected official.  

Alumni Spotlight: Sherry Williams, LT'08, Deputy Director at TAF

Alumni Spotlight: Sherry Williams, LT'08, Deputy Director at TAF

Learn how Leadership Tomorrow helped Sherry Williams, LT'08, Deputy Director at Technology Access Foundation, find her voice.

"Leadership Tomorrow helped me find my voice and not be intimidated. Prior to LT, I was often intimidated in meetings, as I was one of the few people of color in the room. Now, I am deliberate to make sure I have a voice. I am polite, but I speak my peace and am okay with people being uncomfortable. I serve on the board of Solid Ground. When I participate in board meetings, I am there for the people Solid Ground serves, not for the people around the table. If there is an issue that will affect the people we serve, I speak up."

Alumni Spotlight: Ruchika Tulshyan, LT'16

Alumni Spotlight: Ruchika Tulshyan, LT'16

The year I moved to America was characterized by sixteen mass shootings. After the horrific murders of six-year-olds in Newtown later that year, I told my husband that I didn’t want to live here. Over the five years since, we’ve discussed the possibility of moving outside of the United States at least 100 times. It’s usually after another episode of senseless violence and much more frequently since the recent election of the American president.

Every time we come close to moving, something holds us back in America – mostly our jobs, but often it’s a reluctance to give up what we do love about living here: the welcome expression of speech, press and diverse ideas...and of course, Seattle’s coffee. But as immigrants, there’s no denying that America has become less hospitable for us in the last year.

I was ecstatic when I learned of my selection for the 2017 Young American Leaders Program. An all-expenses trip to Harvard Business School plus the opportunity to learn from one of my academic idols, Rosabeth Moss Kantor? Yes, please! At the same time, I had doubts on whether I would be the right person to dedicate towards Seattle’s future prosperity. I got on the flight to Boston both curious and skeptical.